Learning the word dado. What he had previously thought of as wainscoting was really the dado, the lower part of the wall, which the wainscoting merely decorated or covered, it appeared…. This reminded me that if I were ever to be qualified to start a writing school, I would not try to start one even then, but would start a vocabulary school, with endless lists to be memorized of the names of things. (It would start with things, then move on to actions, materials, qualities, places, plants, animals and individual human’s names.) Maybe once in a while there would be writing but only as an inevitable result, or overflux, of knowledge of the names of things.

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